IndieLisboa’s 18th Edition, an Oasis for International Cinema

In the height of summer for the second year, and still in an atypical format, IndieLisboa – Lisbon International Film Festival took place between August 21 and September 6, in what was its longest edition in history.

On the year it reached its 18th edition, it gathered a total of 276 films distributed in 191 sessions, 27 of which sold out. With venues still at 50% capacity, the attendance was high at the usual cinemas – Cinema São Jorge, Culturgest, Cinema Ideal and Cinemateca Portuguesa – but also open air at the Garden of Biblioteca Palácio Galveias and the Cinemateca Esplanade, an enticing proposal for warm nights.

To be highlighted is the success of Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson’s documentary, which finally rewrites the story of 1969’s Harlem Cultural Festival in Summer of Soul (…or, When the Revolution Could Not Be Televised), awarded Best Documentary at this year’s edition of Sundance Film Festival in the USA. As for the international competition, We, a sensation-film by Alice Diop, who has spent the last 15 years filming Parisian suburbs through the lens of social activism, and Delphine’s Prayers, by Rosine Mbakam, which ended up winning the Grand Award City of Lisbon. The IndieMusic section is also to be highlighted, in particular films such as Ney under the skin, Sisters with Transistors or 9 Sevilles, the last two the winners of the IndieLisboa Award this year. As for Portuguese films, the beautiful Paraíso, by Sérgio Tréfaut, recently premiered and Jack’s Ride, by Susana Nobre, raised the bar for Portuguese film. Yet, looking back, the big event of this year’s edition was the majestic and so far most complete retrospective of Sarah Maldoror’s work at Cinemateca Portuguesa, one of the most awaited moments this year, as a thank you and profound homage after the filmmakers passing in 2020. Her daughter Annouchka de Andrade was present at the screenings and confirmed the objective of this annual communion of people who live through cinema.

In the cinema for the youngest generation, the festival was well attended by families, including the Family Day at the Garden of Biblioteca Palácio Galveias, the Cinema de Colo for babies aged 4 months to 2 and a half years, and the film-debate for parents, children and teachers Autism: the path to inclusion at school and in the community, which focused on approaching difference and took place at the Biblioteca Palácio Galveias. The sessions organised with schools by the festival’s educational service had taken place last May (on the original dates of the festival), when for first time, they took place directly in schools.

In addition to those who attended the film screenings, it is also important to highlight both those who attended the festival activities, such as the LisbonTalks Universidade Lusófona, broadcast live on YouTube, and the participants of the industry activities, namely the Lisbon Screenings, aimed exclusively at professionals. But also those who have listened and continue to listen to the Director’s Talks, conversations about cinema between our team and filmmakers present at the festival, not only on Facebook but also in podcast format, available on Spotify, Google Podcasts, Radio Public, Breaker and Anchor. IndieLisboa’s app and Whatsapp accompanied the festival, providing spectators with all the necessary information about the programme and the event itself.

IndieLisboa ended last September 8, after the screening of the award winning films at Cinema Ideal and the conclusion of the Sarah Maldoror Retrospective at Cinemateca Portuguesa. It will be back in 2022, between April 28 and May 8, with a new selection of national and international films. Meanwhile, the festival and the films present in its 18th edition will travel around the country to those who could not be present in 10 extensions, which range from Odemira to Famalicão, passing through Vila Franca, Penafiel or Pinhal Novo.

A big thank you and see you next year!

Here are the awarded films of IndieLisboa 2021

IndieLisboa 2021’s awarded films were announced this Monday, September 6, at Culturgest.
The filmmaker Rosine Mbakam wins the Feature Film Grand Prize City of Lisbon with her film Delphine’s Prayers, a raw documentary that portrays a young Cameroonian woman carrying a past of suffering, belonging to a generation of young African women destroyed by our patriarchal societies and abandonned to sexual exploration. The International Competition Jury also awarded The Inheritancewith the TVCINE Special Award. The Award for Best Portuguese Feature Film was given to Jack’sRide by Susana Nobre, and the Dolce Gusto Award for Best Short Film to What Remains by Daniel Soares. And the Yellow Color New Talen Awardrevealed Laura Carreira’s “cirurgically precise directing”, with The Shift. The Short Film Grand Prize was given to Keep Shiftin’by Verena Wagner.

> The awarded films can be seen at Cinema Ideal on September 7 and 8.



Bas Devos | Erika Balsom | Joana Craveiro

•  Feature FilmGrand Prize City of Lisbon – 15.000 Euros
DELPHINE’S PRAYERS,Rosine Mbakam, Belgium / Cameroon, doc., 2021, 91’

TV CINE Special Award (Rights acquisition for Portugal)
THE INHERITANCE,Ephraim Asili, USA, doc. / fic., 2020, 101’


Bianca Lucas | Mariana Gaivão | Réka Bucsi

Betclic Short Film Grand Prize – 4000 Euros 
KEEP SHIFTIN’,Verena Wagner, Germany, doc., 2020, 21’

Best Animation Award – 500 Euros
THANK YOU,Julian Gallese, United Kingdom, anim., 2020, 8’

•  Best Documentary Award – 500 Euros
SEEKING ALINE, Rokhaya Marieme Balde, Switzerland /Senegal, doc., 2020, 27’

Special Mention
AIN’T NO TIME FOR WOMEN, Sarra El Abed, Canada, doc., 2020, 19’

Best Fiction Award – 500 Euros
COME HERE, Marieke Elzerman, Belgium, fic., 2020, 26’

•  Special Mention
LONELY BLUE NIGHT, Johnson Cheng, USA, fic., 2020, 15’


Mercedes Martínez-Abarca | Ramiro Ledo Cordeiro| Daniel Vadocky

•  Award for Best Portuguese Feature Film – 5000 Euros
JACK’S RIDE, Susana Nobre, Portugal, doc. / fic., 2021, 70’

Best Director in a Portuguese Feature Film – 1000 Euros
, Marta Sousa Ribeiro, Portugal, fic., 2020, 84’

Dolce Gusto Award for Best Portuguese Short Film – 2000 Euros
WHAT REMAINS, Daniel Soares, Portugal, fic., 2021, 20’

•  The Yellow Color New Talent Award – 1500 Euros
THE SHIFT, Laura Carreira, United Kingdom / Portugal, fic., 2020, 9’


Delphine Jeanneret | Maria João Mayer | Mia Tomé

•  Betclic Brand New Award – 1500 Euros + Portugal Film promotion and sales
(previously announced on a special ceremony, September 3 at Casa do Capitão)
HUNTING DAY, Alberto Seixas, Portugal, fic., 2020, 3’


Anabela Moutinho | Ehsan Khoshbakht | Maria do Carmo Piçarra

•  Silvestre Award for Best Feature Film – 1500 Euros
BY THE THROAT, Effi & Amir, Belgium, doc., 2021, 75’

Special Mention
FOREST – I SEE YOU EVERYWHERE, Bence Fliegauf, Hungary, fic., 2021, 112’


Daniel Ebner | Maíra Zenun | Rita Cruchinho Neves

Silvestre Award for Best Short Film– 1000 Euros
ONE IMAGE, TWO ACTS, Sanaz Sohrabi, Canada / Germany / USA / Iran, doc. / exp., 2020, 45’

Special Mention
PALMA, Alexe Poukine, France / Belgium, fic., 2020, 40’


Cláudia Guerreiro | Yaw Tembe | Yen Sung

IndieMusic Award – 1000 Euros |EX-AEQUO
SISTERS WITH TRANSISTORS,Lisa Rovner, United Kingdom / France, doc., 2020, ‘84
NUEVE SEVILLAS, Pedro G.Romero e Gonzalo García Pelayo, Spain / France, doc., 2020, 158’


Pedro Coelho | Romeu Costa | Sandra Pereira

Amnesty International Award – 1500 Euros
RADIOGRAPH OF A FAMILY, Firouzeh Khosrovani, Iran / Norway / Switzerland, doc., 2020, 80’


Inês Gil | Rui Martins

Árvore da Vida Award for Best Portuguese Film – 2000 Euros
SOPRO,Pocas Pascoal, Portugal, doc., 2021, 43’


Feature Film Award – 1500 Euros
LADIES OF THE WOOD, Claus Drexel, France, doc., 2021, 90’

Short Film Award – 1000 Euros
YOU’RE DEAD, HÉLÈNE, Michiel Blanchart, Belgium, fic., 2020, 24’

IndieJúnior Audience Award – 500 Euros
TINTA, Erik Verkerk e Joost van den Bosch, The Netherlands, anim., 2020, 2’

Until September 8, aditonnal screenings will be held at  Cinema Ideal, where some of the awarded films can still be seen, and at Cinemateca Portuguesa, with screenings of films from the Sarah Maldoror Retrospective.

The winner of the Brand New Betclic award is now announced

WINNER | Hunting Day by Alberto Seixas | fic., Portugal, 2020, 3′

The Brand New Betclic Award prize was announced this Friday, September 3, at Fábrica do Pão (Casa do Capitão), in a special ceremony that took place before the annoucement of the remaining awards.

The jury, composed of programmer and head of studies at HEAD, Delphine Jeanneret, the film producer Maria João Mayer and the actress Mia Tomé, awarded the short film Hunting Day by Alberto Seixas. The film portrays a break in a hunter’s routine, who goes out every saturday looking for prey. A total of 13 films were selected to the Brand New section.

According to the jury, this choice was led by the micro-narrative in Hunting Day, which “embodies what cinema itself is: make believe, imagination, questioning reality through fiction”. The jury was impressed by the action’s aesthetics and timing, considering that in just a few minutes the filmmaker created a sensory experience with a strong sense of camera work and framing.

Hunting Day was screened once more at Fábrica do Pão and preceded by João Lourenço and Bruno Ferreira’s Rastro, co-produced by Betclic. The ceremony ended with a concert by Puçanga at Casa do Capitão’s terrace.

This weekend in IndieLisboa

We have arrived at IndieLisboa’s last weekend and there is still a lot to see. We are waiting for you at Culturgest, Cinema Ideal, Cinemateca and Biblioteca Palácio Galveias with screenings, talks and open air cinema.


Jack is Joaquim Calçada, a former aircraft mechanic. Before the Carnation Revolution, he emigrated to New York, where he became a taxi driver. He returns, as Carmen Miranda sang, “Americanized”, after twenty years. It’s in Alhandra, Vila Franca de Xira, that, one step away from retirement, he tells stories of his time in the United States and of a journey guided by his survival instinct.
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Koberidze’s camera brings poetry to the most everyday gestures, in an ode to love, football and cinema. In this film in the form of a modern folktale, two people fall in love in a classic meet cute moment, but find themselves cursed, condemned to not recognize each other.
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Luke Fowler continues to create posthumous portraits of relevant figures. In this film, he evokes the life of music producer Patrick Cowley, the pioneer of Hi-NRG, a genre of electronic music, in the late 70s, and a prolific artist of the San Francisco cultural scene.
Sisters With Transistors
A healthy historical review, narrated by Laurie Anderson, that puts “girls to the front” when it comes to the impact and contributions of women in the history of electronic music. The contributions of the experiments by Clara Rockmore, Daphne Oram, Bebe Barron, Delia Derbyshire, Maryanne Amacher, Pauline Oliveros, Wendy Carlos, Eliane Radigue, Suzanne Ciani and Laurie Spiegel are mapped throughout this documentary – contextualizing their work regarding the political, cultural and social movements of the 20th century.
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A look at the intimate writing of the artist couple Maria Helena Vieira da Silva and Árpád Szenes, through an exhaustive documentation of the couple’s life in the period depicted. João Mário Grilo picks up where José Álvaro de Morais left off.
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(In partnership with Lisboa 5L Festival)
A portrait of the Armenian poet and troubadour Sayat-Nova that is presented as a visual poem, composed of tableaux representing his life. An enigmatic meditation on art that was such a departure from the Soviet realism of its era that the authorities prevented its distribution outside Armenia.
Presentation: Elisabete Marques


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FRIDAY | SEPT 3 | 18:00 | PT
Cinemateca Portuguesa Terrace
Annouchka de Andrade, director, producer and daughter of the filmmaker Sarah Maldoror.
Maria do Carmo Piçarra, researcher at ICNOVA and teacher at Universidade Autónoma de Lisboa.
Marta Lança, journalist, creator and editor of the website BUALA.
Raquel Schefer, researcher, filmmaker and curator.
Joana Ascensão, programmer at Cinemateca Portuguesa, filmmaker and producer.

SAT | SEPT 4 | 17:00 | PT
Online via YouTube

Anastasia Lukovnikova, IndieLisboa programmer
Susana Nobre, filmmaker and co-founer of the production company Terratreme.
Tota Alves, filmmaker and producer.
Filipa Reis, filmmaker and co-founder of the production company Uma Pedra no Sapato.

SUN | SEPT 5 | 17:00 | EN
Online via YouTube
Michiel Philippaerts, screenwriter
Catherine Colas, short film editor for the ARTE Magazine “KurzSchluss”.
Wouter Jansen, teacher and owner of the sales agency and distribution company Square Eyes.­

Browse the screening calendar for the full programme, or download the official app to schedule the screenings you don’t want to miss!

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Euro Connection 2022: Submissions open for short films

The submissions are open for short films projects to the 13th edition of Euro Connection, which will take place on February 1 and 2, 2021 during the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival.
This platform aims to assist partnerships between European producers in the production of short films.
In each country, national correspondents evaluate all submitted projects and choose the finalist project. Registration for the next edition ends on October 20, 2021.

Projects must meet the following requirements:
• Animation, fiction or creative documentary short film;
• Duration up to 40 minutes;
• The project must be partly funded by a third party (external source);
• The producer must be open to international co-productions (suitable project or intended for co-production);
• Shooting or production shall start no earlier than June 2022

A European jury of 3 industry professionals from different nationalities will then elect up to 13 projects to go to the final and pitch during the festival. The list of finalists will be released to the winners by the end of November 2021.

Producers must send their short film projects by 20 October 2021 to the representative of their country. In Portugal, the associated festivals are IndieLisboa and Curtas Vila do Conde. All entries must be sent to:
Miguel Dias |
Miguel Valverde |

> Download the guidelines and application form here

The winners of the Portuguese Film Funds have been announced

The ten selected projects for this edition, two features and eight short films, were presented with a pitching session and later evaluated by an international jury. This year the jury, was made up by Portuguese musician Salvador Sobral, the Jeonju Film festival programmer Sung Moon, and the artistic director of Vienna Shorts Film Festival, Daniel Ebner, awarded the following prizes:


Financial support of €1.500, awarded to a project of any length or genre:
• Périphérique Nord, by Paulo Carneiro (Vento Forte, Head-Geneva, Switzerland / Portugal)
A young car aficionado travels 2000km north and meets some of his fellow countrymen, who have been forced to leave their country; together, they share a love for cars.


Post-production Sound Services for two films (two short films):
• Between Light and Nowhere, by Joana de Sousa (Primeira Idade, Portugal)
For weeks, Shade hasn’t been sleeping well. Unexplainable lights appear in the sky. Shade seems to be floating, in an intermediate state in which the reality of the world around them does not sustain itself.
• Kinté Bô, by Sofia Borges (Oxalá Filmes, Portugal / São Tomé e Príncipe)
The island is inhabited by ghosts that interfere with everyday life. There is a debt from the past that plagues the fishing activity of Bumba and the future of the population.


€6.000 for the creation of original music, awarding one feature film (€4.000) and one short-film (€2.000), or, alternatively, three short films (each €2.000):
• Between Light and Nowhere, by Joana de Sousa (Primeira Idade, Portugal)
For weeks, Shade hasn’t been sleeping well. Unexplainable lights appear in the sky. Shade seems to be floating, in an intermediate state in which the reality of the world around them does not sustain itself.
• Saturn, by André Guiomar e Luís Costa (Olhar de Ulisses, Cimbalino Filmes, Portugal)
Saturn tells the story of Caveirinha, a humble fisherman who lives in a difficult social housing. Immediately after the death of his son at the sea, he faces the difficulty of burying him with dignity..
• The Bath, by Maria Inês Gonçalves (Maria Inês Gonçalves, Elías Querejeta Zine Eskola, Portugal/Spain)
The baby plays with the boat in the bathtub. Suddenly, the boat turns around. Suddenly, the boat isn’t the boat in the bathtub anymore, but the boat in the sea. Suddenly the baby isn’t the baby anymore but it’s me.


Two studio days of color grading for a short film.:
• Ultimate Bliss, by Miguel de Jesus (C.R.I.M, Austrália, Qatar, Portugal)
A film-diary and an exercise of memory, about a future that is as remote as it is wild.

> More about the Portuguese Film Fund here.